Ford drivers are the most polite on the roads according to a survey by MoneySupermarket.com. The price comparison website asked respondent to rate their driving over a number of aspects regarding general motoring courtesy and whether or not they stick to the rules of the road.
It turns out that Ford owners are the most likely to let people out at junctions, with 62% of the Ford drivers surveyed also claiming that they also always indicated at roundabouts.
Surprisingly it was Audi drivers who were rate the 2nd most considerate on the road; with 60% of them claiming that they consider themselves to be polite and courteous with other road users and pedestrians.
It was white van drivers that turned out to be the most inconsiderate on the road; with a quarter admitting to be ill-mannered with other motorists and not providing enough room for cyclists. Additionally, three quarters of white van drivers admitted to never using their indicators; fitting in with the stereotype which afflicts them.
BMW drivers also didn’t come out of the survey looking too good either, with more than 50% of them admitting that they never stop at zebra crossing for pedestrians and a quarter admitting that they often park across two spaces in car parks without consideration for other motorists.
Honda drivers were also surprisingly high up when it came to breaking the rules of the road; with 53% admitting to regularly speeding through traffic lights as they are turning to amber. 24% of Honda drivers also admitted that they leave their car in a poor location parking their vehicle; but the majority of these claimed that it was only because they are not competent at such actions. Meanwhile Ford, Nissan and Skoda drivers were the most considerate when it came to their parking locations.
However, it was Jaguar drivers who were found to be the angriest on the road; with 40% of the Jaguar owners questioned admitting to regularly using hand gestures and suffering road rage while driving. In comparison, only 10% of Ford drivers admitted to the same behaviour.
It is these kinds of figures which could really have an impact on car insurance premiums; increasingly the likelihood of accidents occurring. MoneySupermarket’s Peter Harrison commented: “Few people can claim to be a model driver all the time and this survey shows which car drivers are closer to being perfect than others…So, if the car you drive is in the rudest list, perhaps you should do your bit for the reputation of the car you drive and let a few more people out, or indicate more often to try and change that.’’